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CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 5:00pm EST
. confidence matters. it especially matters in our economy. once we've resolved the cliff, we need long-term fiscal reduction so businesses can plan for the future. to get families and businesses certain we must agree the next few weeks on specific spending cuts and specific revenue increases that reduced the deficit to avoid the fiscal cliff. we should not put off hard decisions of gimmicks or with triggers. that's what got us here in the first place. it's time to bite the bullet and make the tough decisions and make them now. the first thing we should do is immediately and permanently extend a middle-class tax cut. this will provide needed certainty to america's families and businesses and markets. this decisive action will ensure that millions of american families don't see attacks like of more than $2000 starting next month. in year-end agreement must also have a long-term extension of the debt ceiling. america cannot afford another debilitating to school showdown. it has to be a package deal. then we need to enact a long-term and comprehensive deficit solution. most serious plans recomm
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 5:00pm EST
really interesting. washington is so obsessed right now with the fiscal cliff, myself included. what is happening with the budget showdown. yet they -- the polling seems to indicate that job creation and and the state of the economy remain, you know, their main concern. go ahead, todd. >> i think they go hand in hand because from a business perspective certainly, large corporations are sitting on lots of cash. they're not investing right now because they're unsure of the future, not just the economic future, but also the future of tax policy in all the rest of that. and all of that is tied in hand to hand. that is, to some degree, keeping the economy back. if we can reach some sort of a deal where we are not coming to blows over six months or year on what policy will look like for another six months, that will give us a lot of confidence and create the kind of government that people say they want. i'm not so sure there is really a bifurcation between what washington is focused on a more people said they want because i do think all of it ultimately is about jobs and economic growth. >> i did find one thing surprising in the intensity of it. that is, behind retirement from gramm, social security, medicare , behind the nex
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 12:00pm EST
issues of dealing with the fiscal cliff and dealing with our debt situation and not have a debt ceiling hanging out there as a diversionary but dangerous issue. but for some reason, inexplicable, the minority leader, the republican leader, changed his mind. now, he said on the floor well, important measures deserve 60 votes, but when he brought it up earlier, he acted as if he was in favor of it, he was offering it. and now, of course, essaying no, he's going to object to his own resolution. i wish he would reconsider. again, playing -- using the debt ceiling as leverage, using the debt ceiling as a threat, using the debt ceiling as a way to achieve a different agenda is dangerous. it's playing with fire. and yet, with the opportunity to take that off the table, reassure the markets, the minority leader blinked. i don't know why. it's hard to figure out the strategy that he's employing, but we would hope on this side of the aisle -- and i think i speak for all of us -- that he would reconsider and perhaps early next week let us vote on his own resolution. i yield the floor. mr.
CSPAN
Dec 12, 2012 12:00pm EST
posts -- country's debt exceeds $16 trillion. we face the so-called fiscal cliff that could send our economy into another recession. in these difficult times we're challenged by people we represent to find real solutions, not short-term band-aids. as we move forward, it's clear that we must discuss spending. emphasize that word "spending." i know that president obama is hyperfocussed on increasing taxes as part of his deficit-reduction proposal, and i think the the election shows that he's legitimate in doing that. but he could have really declared victory about three weeks ago and in the three weeks since then spend time talking about the expenditure side of the ledger. because if we're going to be serious about reducing our debt, we must talk about spending. not some time next year, not only after we talk about taxes. we must talk about spending and talk about it now. we need to have a thoughtful conversation that focuses upon where federal spending most calls for control and containment, and that's the purpose of my charts today. and that's the purpose of my remarks. and we must have a thought
CSPAN
Dec 11, 2012 12:00pm EST
we can reach an agreement that helps us avoid the so-called fiscal cliff and also achieved a broad deal that would help address this long-term deficit challenge that we face in a way that helps the economy grow and create jobs. that's our focus at the moment, and we believe it is coming. >> on susan rice the clock is winding down president clinton signed for next month and there's the regulation that a decision would have been made by now as to who will replace her. is there a hold of? >> there is no holdup. the president has made no decisions and i have no announcements to make. >> about the decision to allow the corporate for the inaugural activities, why did the president change his mind on that? >> i think he's taking questions on that. i haven't had that discussion. >> the president was a part of the transition in 2008, 2009. the announced the reason they were sitting limitations was to put the country on a new path. this is not the division, this is a presidential decision. >> but that is handling questions like that. i haven't had a discussion with anyone here in the committee so i would address your questions there and i am sure they are taking questions like that. >> is the thinking
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 5:00pm EST
cliff. no partisan ideology is worth the cost to the nation. but just averting disaster and kicking the can on the tough structural decisions needed to place our economy on sound footing for the future is not enough. we are calling for a framework to build out over the last ten years to reduce the deficit and restructure the fiscal policy. succumb as eventually to bring the budget into balance they must raise more revenue and encourage growth we must include parameters defined and future levels of debt as a share of the gdp and a date by which the budget will balance. and it must include changes to the discretionary spending, entitlements as well as defense. the elected leader should launch and extradited process to enact the legislation that will construct this remark in 2013 and putting powerful, the appropriate defaults and enforcement mechanisms. without a recalibrating sustainable fiscal policy, the united states international standing will decline and its national security will be undermined. such an outcome would be bad for the united states and in our view bad for the world. as pete said, she and i are joined here today with three distinguished i
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks to go before a potentially devastating and entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan that members of his own party won't even vote for. so i think it's safe to say at this point that the president actually isn't interested in a balanced agreement, he's not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and he's clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. what the president is really interested in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first, by raising taxes on small business that he believes are making too much money and then on everybody else, not so he can lower the debt or the deficit but so he can spend to his heart's contefnlts for months the president has been saying all he wants is to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the debt and the deficit. however, yesterday he finally revealed that's not really his true intent. by demanding the power to raise the debt limit whenever he wants, by as much as he wants, he showed what he's really after is assuming unprecedented power to
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 12:00pm EST
across the aisle. that is what i'm referring to as the fiscal cliff. i do understand -- and the senator is correct -- we also have the second bod blow to the economy that's going to be in impinge with these tax increases, $1.2 trillion in cuts, which i understand is what the senator is referring to as the sequester, if i am not mistaken? mr. durbin: i refer the colleague to the vote of 74-26 with a substantial number of senators from both sides of the aisle that have brought us to this moment in negotiations. we all hoped we would never reach this moment. we can still avoid it. i yield the floor. and i yield back all remaining time. the presiding officer: the question is on the schofield nomination. is there a sufficient second? there appears to be. and there is. the clerk will call the roll. vote: vote: vote: the presiding officer: are there any senators wishing to vote or change his or her vote? hearing none, the vote is 91 aye, zero nay, and the nomination is confirmed. under the previous order, the question is on the geraci nomination. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes appear to have it. the ayes do have it. the nomination is co
CSPAN
Dec 13, 2012 5:00pm EST
we go off the fiscal cliff. i don't dispute that, but i do point out the fact that in 1993 when the taxes were already put in, many said they would cause a recession. they did not. the economy is improving on its own right now, and getting somewhat stronger so the impact of the fiscal cliff, while not something to be encouraged, may not be as bad as many had thought, and, certainly, it is not worth making bad policy that will have m r much longer range -- will have much longer range implications. the second issue, another kind of artificial date has been in law for decades, and congress periodically as a part of debate over whether to extend it. it's app interesting debate. there really is no option. you either extend it or you default. default really shouldn't be an option, and it's something that should be avoided at all costs. we put this quick little date in there so that we can have the debate, have a vote, and then extend the debt ceiling as we know we have to. that's fine we have the issue of the debt and deficit in the long run. the issues of real importance because, one, we don't account for our expenditures the way businesses do, the way individuals have to. we get t
CSPAN
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am EST
washington is so obsesses right now with the fiscal cliff, myself included, and what's happening with this budget showdown. yet the polling seems to indicate for most americans outside the beltway job creation and the state of the economy remains the main concern. go ahead, tom. what were you going to say? >> i think from a business perspective certainly the large corporations are sitting on lots of cash they are not investing right now because they want to ensure the future is going to bring not just the economic future but also the future of the tax policy and all the rest of that tied hand to hand so that is in some we keeping the economy back. we can reach some sort of a deal where we are not coming to blows every six months or a year on the tax policy for another six months. that's going to give a lot of confidence and i think create the kind of growth people say they want. i'm not so sure there is a bifurcation between what washington is focus on and what people say they want because i think all this ultimately is about jobs and economic growth. >> i did find one thing surprising and the intensity of it, and that is behind retirement programs, social security, medicare, behind the next seem to be job creation, deficit re
CSPAN
Dec 10, 2012 8:30am EST
fiscal cliff, and they have determined that this could drive the economy into negative for story, meaning back into a recession. that's the last thing we want to see. along the lines of growth, we need to be sure that we're not doing something here short term that puts the economy back in a position where we're not generating the kind of revenue because of the lack of growth to be able to deal with these issues and to be able to get these unemployment numbers down. in my view, this recovery is not your father's recovery, it's different in kind. it's different than any recovery we've had in this country. if you look at even the recovery in 2001 to 2003, that time period, recall we called it then the jobless recovery. and yet by this time in that recovery we'd already brought back 2.6 million jobs. so at this point after the recession began, 2.6 million jobs had returned. and that was considered jobless. if you look back at the recovery after the 1980 and '81 recession which was a recession that was also deep, in fact, unemployment was higher than it was in the most recent recessio
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